On Saturday, the Republican Party of Alaska officially endorsed Kelly Tshibaka in her primary challenge against long-time incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Murkowski has been a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump and voted to convict him on his second impeachment of inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Trump endorsed Tshibaka in June.
Local party branches typically support the incumbent, or at the most, stay out of primaries. It’s big news when a state party actually endorses an intra-party primary challenger.
I am honored to be Endorsed by the Alaska Republican Party! In the Senate, I will always fight for our Conservative values. pic.twitter.com/MbXxhMymfq
— Kelly Tshibaka (@KellyForAlaska) July 10, 2021
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Murkowski’s Favorable Ratings Plummet
Tshibaka said in a statement, “I am grateful and thrilled to have the strong support of the Alaska Republican Party, which voted overwhelmingly to endorse my candidacy for the U.S. Senate.”
“We all share a unified goal: to promote the principles upon which our country and state were founded. I have pledged that I will be true to our shared, conservative Alaska ideals and be a senator upon whom they can depend to make every decision based on what is best for our great state,” she said.
“We need a senator who will stand with Alaskans and not cozy up to the Washington, D.C. insiders, a senator who has earned the trust of the people and strives to keep it every day,” Tshibaka continued, obviously referring to Murkowski.
“It is time for conservative leaders, with courage and common sense, to rise together across the nation,” the GOP primary challenger added. “I am honored to be endorsed as that candidate for Alaska.”
In the past Tshibaka has called Murkowski a “traitor” and has described her as someone who “sucks up to CNN” and the “radical Biden administration.”
In June, Murkowski saw her favorable rating among Republicans sink to a jaw dropping 6 percent.
A majority (59%) of Alaskan voters view Lisa Murkowski unfavorably while just 26% hold a favorable opinion of her.
Dem: 48% favorable – 20% neutral – 32% unfavorable
Rep: 6% – 8% – 84%
Ind: 32% – 14% – 52%
By contrast, 85% of Republicans view former President Trump favorably. pic.twitter.com/Qca6a4h9nT
— Change Research (@ChangePolls) June 8, 2021
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Tshibaka Claims Murkowski Has Not Pursued A Conservative Agenda
Tshibaka said of Murkowski to Breitbart News on Saturday, “She’s been voting with them, hurting our way of life, and she’s not standing up to the radical Biden administration while they kill our oil and gas jobs.”
Tshibaka then gave a few examples of where she thought Murkowski had voted with Democrats more than her own party.
“She’s voted to allow illegal immigrants to come into our country,” Tshibaka accused Mrkowski. “Even if they commit crime, they can stay here.”
Alaska Republican Party are endorsing Murkowski’s challenger Kelly Tshibaka, she said that we need a senator who will stand with Alaskans & not cozy up to the Washington D.C. elite’s. She referred to Murkowski as a traitor, sucks up to the radical Biden Admin that’s hurting us👍🏼
— Domenica D'Elia (@domenicadelia22) July 11, 2021
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Tshibaka: ‘We Are Absolutely Fed Up With Lisa Murkowski’
“She was the deciding vote to keep Obamacare and that means higher health care costs and fewer healthcare choices for us in Alaska,” she continued, adding that they have “some of the highest health care costs in the country.”
Tshibaka added, “She votes against common-sense judges that keep and protect our Second Amendment rights.”
“So, for all of those reasons, we are absolutely fed up with Lisa Murkowski,” Tshibaka thundered.
With the endorsement of the state GOP and President Trump working against her, Murkowski has a steeply uphill battle for re-election.
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